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you`re wrong dude, its called common sense, we just don`t believe in the fairy tales that the bible promotes.
As to the final question, I would assume it`s similar to the reason Christians hate atheists so much.
Yea your right.
I agree with Baal - education impacts on it, and yes there has to be correlations between poverty and religion and proverty and education. I still think its bogus though, because you can`t be that bright if you believe in invisible pink unicorns. :)
Baal`s point about hidden factors reminds me of the research that showed men who shaved have less heart attacks.
Kitty ftw btw.
However, I`ve searched repeatedly and there doesn`t seem to be one. There`s an International Journal of Religion and Society, but as you can see its first volume was published in 2007.
And there`s a Journal of Religion and Society, but according to their archives its 2003 edition doesn`t have any article by Trevelyan.
It seems unfeasible that there`s no mention of the journal itself anywhere on the internet, even if we can`t read the article in question. So there`s a possibility the reference contains a typo, but I think it`s more likely it`s a fake.
Fancy, can you please please please put up a source for the Religion/IQ chart before I lose my job by spending all my work hours looking for it?
Predictions: If it`s real, it is either a study done in the Southern States, New York, or Israel, probably New York. The reasoning being the population spread (Israel/NY have a high per Capita number of Atheists and Jews, which pushes them towards the average, whereas the outliers get rarer as you trend outward. A IQ average in the top 3% for a Shintoist is phenomenal so it does seem unlikely to be accurate).
/me loves geek girls.
I 2nd that.
I would argue that those with greater levels of poverty would turn to religions with the greater support structure.
Though that`s a subjective term, that correlates well with my impressions of various religions and their placement on the graph.
Finally, this, though I`m not sure how much I trust an article I got from cracked.com.
yes, weird isn`t it? I work in a university science department surrounded by hundreds of professional scientists who are all atheists. And you know what, people keep publishing their work, giving them grant money and even have the cheek and stupidity to develop new technologies and effective medicines and new understanding of cancer out of their idiotic so called "research". Why this continues to happen is completely beyond me, but then I`m only an atheist........ Luckily as any highly intelligent buddhist will tell you, you might as well not bother, your going to get reincarnated anyway.
You have several possibilities for causation here, not limited to:Poverty leads to religion. (Desperation argument). Poverty leads to low IQ. (Education argument). Religion leads to poverty. (The "God`ll do it" argument). Religion leads to low IQ. (The "faith alone" argument). Low IQ leads to Religion. (The "I can`t figure it out" argument).Low IQ leads to Poverty. (The "evolutionary" argument).
(Note, the in brackets are my own summary, not official terms).
You could also have a combination of these. Low IQ -> Poverty -> Religion.
However, you have only one which people tend to agree on: Poverty is the starting point.
I would suggest that the first two points are both correct. Poverty -> No Education -> Low IQ. Poverty -> Need for hope -> Religion.
Hence a correlation between the two.
However, I`m happy to give up on the Correlation vs Causation principle all together.
Anyway that graph was pretty funny. I wish it was accurate :(
I`m waiting for everybody here to go:
"LOL I MUST BE UNIQUE THEN, BECAUSE SOME QUIZ I TOOK ONLINE SIAD I HAVE AN IQ OF 184"
i love these graph thingys